Facebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olyphant Art SupplyOlyphant Art Supply–established in 2010–is downtown Olympia’s only source for ﬁne art materials. Started with a shoestring budget, Olyphant began in a 650 sq. foot ofﬁce space; soon after, it relocated to the historic Washington St. Arts Building where countless performances, classes, ﬁgure drawing, art openings and demonstrations were held in the back gallery space.With ideas of continuing an agenda of art education on hold, the current goal is to provide inspiration and convenience to artists and enthusiasts; to be a viable, fun and thriving business that reaches a further audience than before while giving another reason for people to visit downtown Olympia.New Location: 119 5th Ave. SE, Olympia Located between the upcoming Olympia Toy Co. & 5th Ave. SandwichesFollowing a storewide clearance sale, Olyphant Art Supply and Framing will move locations, and thereafter be known as Olyphant Art and Media.Fundraising via Indiegogo.com will serve to help with the costs of moving, downtime and website development while introducing new Olyphant artwork with the sale of t-shirts printed by DNT STP Printing–an Olympia based silkscreen operation. Original, custom-framed psychedelic posters from the 1960’s and giclee prints of original artwork by local artist and part-owner Nick Baldridge will also be available.Olyphant Art & Media will specialize in paints, brushes, pens, markers, inks, journals and obscure art & culture magazines. Framing will no longer be available. In addition, Olyphant is currently developing a website that will afford Olympians the option to buy art supplies online while still shopping locally. Prices will be competitive; customers will have the option of in-store pick up, shipping or local delivery, and the inventory will offer merchandise not available in the brick & mortar store. Non- proﬁts and educators will be able to create an account with special pricing. Website is estimated to be live by October 1st. The idea is to combine the convenience, prices and the expansive inventory of an e-commerce store with a brick & mortar establishment downtown–providing a variety of basic supplies as well as reference materials (i.e. magazines, books), artwork, stationery and locally printed t-shirts.Important Dates:Storewide Clearance Sale: Art supplies will be discounted 20% to 65%; framed art will be available at cost; prints will be sold for half price: Saturday June 14 – Sunday June 29Soft Opening: July 15 – July 31Grand Opening Sale as Olyphant Art and Media: Friday August 15 – Sunday August 24Indiegogo.com Campaign: June 14 – July 13* A ThurstonTalk article sharing Olyphant’s unique wares can be found here.
Facebook43Tweet0Pin0Submitted by OlyBellaThis year’s Girls Night Out participants will get the chance to visit Wonderland, thanks to a very special collaboration between OlyBella and Gallery Boom. The Gallery is hosting an Alice in Wonderland themed event from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017. The event will feature live music with Holy Oly Tribe, yummy treats by Tasteful Joy, a Wonderland photo booth, a Dandelion Art Show “sitting garden”, puzzle pin craft activities, floral arrangements and crafts by Sugar Pine Floral, and a painting raffle. Gallery Boom artists will be dressed in costume and helping host the event.OlyBella at 2017 Spring ArtsWalk. Photo courtesy: OlyBellaOlyBella will also be giving away free samples of Chica Rosa Lip Butter (black cherry, vanilla bean and rose). The flavor is being re-launched at Girls Night Out (GNO) after a popular limited edition run earlier in the year. Special Mother’s Day Lip Butter packages featuring the flavor will be available for purchase. OlyBella owner Olivia Salazar de Breaux is excited about the opportunity to sponsor this event at Gallery Boom. When she approached the Gallery owner Christine Malek several months ago about participating in GNO, she shared the impact this event has on the community and on the women who attend. They talked about creating a space where all would feel welcomed; participants could relax and enjoy themselves, mingle and have fun, experience the rich offering of local artwork the Gallery has to offer, and make more memories.“Not only does this event bring a much-needed economic boost to our amazing downtown businesses, it is also a time to create lasting memories. My sisters and I attended our very first GNO in 2012 and made a pact to attend future events. Even after losing our younger sister – who passed away in 2012 months after GNO – we continue this tradition to pay honor and celebrate sisterhood. The energy and the excitement of this event is something that I am THRILLED to be a part of this year with Gallery Boom.”The Gallery Boom in Wonderland event is open to the public and all genders are welcome. Girls Night Out participants attend free, others pay $3 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Capsaicin Collective.
Watson, who is the brand ambassador of WaterAid Australia will be in the country until the December 11.She will be travelling with representatives from the Oaktree Foundation, WaterAid and Netball Victoria to visit a school in Port Moresby as well as communities and clinics in East Sepik and Mt. Hagen.“I am very passionate about the health and wellbeing of young women around the world and sports is one way to build awareness and educate women about accessing clean safe water, sanitation and hygiene, completing school and gender equality,” said Watson.CEO of WaterAid Australia, Paul Nichols said he was also very excited about the partnership with Netball Victoria, which he said will help drive the message home to people all over PNG about sanitation and hygiene.He added it is partnerships like this that help support the PNG Government’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) policy.
LONDON (AP):Chelsea captain John Terry will leave the Premier League champions at the end of the season after the club he has served since the age of 14 told him it would not be renewing his contract.The 35-year-old central defender, the most successful captain in Chelsea’s history, was informed about the decision before last week’s 1-0 league win over Arsenal.”I was in last week before the Arsenal game, and it (my contract) is not going to be extended,” he said. “It’s not going to be a fairy-tale ending. I’m not going to retire at Chelsea.”Ideally, I would have loved to stay, but the club’s moving in a different direction. I needed to know now, like I have done every January, and sometimes it takes a couple of months to get done. Unfortunately, it was a ‘no’.”Terry has been offered a faint glimmer of hope about his future at Stamford Bridge, where Dutchman Guus Hiddink has taken over as interim coach until the end of the season, following the firing of JosÈ Mourinho last December.”They said that when the new manager comes in, things might change. It’s a ‘no’ at the minute,” Terry said.”It took me a couple of days to get over.”Having joined the youth ranks and then made his senior debut in 1998, Terry was appointed club captain in 2004. His physical presence, anticipation and leadership qualities made him the outstanding figure in Chelsea’s defence as the club enjoyed a run of trophy success.In total, Terry has helped the club win four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the 2012 Champions League, and the 2013 Europa League. He also captained England during a 78-cap career before he retired from international football in 2012.He held on to the Chelsea captaincy, despite being banned for four matches and fined in 2012 for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.Having made 696 appearances for the Blues, Terry’s next destination is likely to be abroad.”I couldn’t play for another Premier League club. It will be elsewhere for sure,” he said. “I don’t know where, and I leave that to the people in charge.”Despite the lack of a fairy-tale ending, Terry wished the team well for the future.”The club will move on; no player is ever bigger than the club,” he said. “No doubt they’ll sign one or two great centre backs.”I want to come back as a Chelsea supporter in years to come with my kids and see the team doing great. Unfortunately, that’s not going to be with me, but I want to see the team do well.”Chelsea’s season has so far been a chaotic one, with the champions languishing in the wrong half of the table after a poor start under Mourinho.However, yesterday’s 5-1 win over second-tier MK Dons in the FA Cup was the latest indication of a recovery under Hiddink – a revival that Terry wants to see continue in his final season.Chelsea are currently 13th in the Premier League standings on 28 points, 14 behind Tottenham in the fourth and final Champions League slot.”It’s going to be my last year, and I want to go out at the top,” he said.”We spoke about my legacy and coming back to the club when I finish. The most important thing now is to get us up the league.”
The United States Government has extended its congratulations to Guyana as the country celebrates its 50th Independence Anniversary.“On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I join the families, communities, and leaders of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana in celebrating their country’s Golden Jubilee anniversary of independence,” US Secretary of State, John Kerry said in a statement.The United States and Guyana, the message noted, are bound together by shared democratic values and common interests in ensuring prosperity, stability, and security throughout the hemisphere. This partnership has yielded tangible results on issues of vital importanceUS President Barack Obamato both our nations.“This year, we strengthened our relationship in law enforcement training, port safety, justice sector reform, and Coast Guard cooperation through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. We worked together to diversify energy resources and expand investments in sustainable energy projects through the recent US-Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit.”At the same time, he noted that the US Government has acted to create opportunities for vulnerable Guyanese youth through the efforts of USAID.“And we have deepened people-to-people ties between our countries through initiatives to build bridges between American and Guyanese universities, and to dismantle barriers to study abroad for our students.”Fifty years after Independence, the message said, the citizens and Government of Guyana can count on the friendship and support of the United States as, together “we address our common challenges and build a future of peace and progress for our peoples”.
0Shares0000The Capital FM team after winning the 2016 edition of the Standard Chartered Road to Anfield Global tournament in Anfield in 2016NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 13- The Capital FM football team is readying itself to battle for a third consecutive Standard Chartered ‘Road to Anfield’ title, but the team knows only too well that the competition will be tougher.The best mix of music team which went on to win the global tournament in Anfield, the home of English Premier League side Liverpool in 2016 has won the last two local editions. However, they failed to travel to the UK last year after losing to Tanzania’s Azania in the regional finals on goal difference. This year though, the regional phase has been scrapped.Team captain Lassie Atrash says the team has not been resting on its laurels and have been hard at work in preparation for the tournament that takes place on March 10 at the St. Mary’s School.“Every year it gets tougher for us and we don’t expect it different this year. We have been training hard and by the time the date comes, we will have attained full fitness levels.”Capital FM captain Lassie Attrash in action at Anfield, Liverpool Stadium.“The motivation is there because we know what it means to be at Anfield after travelling and actually winning the global tournament in 2016. Everyone wants that experience all over again. We are going there for business and we will ensure the tournament remains home,” Atrash noted.His sentiments are echoed by Team Manager Duncan Kikata who affirmed that the team will stop at nothing to ensure that a third title lands at the 19th floor of Lonrho House.“Being a defending champion is tough and we saw that last year. Everyone comes to beat you and we are prepared for that. Psychologically and physically, we are getting ready, motivated by the possibility of a three-peat,” the Team manager noted.He added; “We have had some very good support from the management and fellow staff members at Capital FM and we don’t want to let them down.”A total of 36 teams will take part in the day-long five-a-side tournament which will be in its sixth edition with the winner travelling to Anfield for the global tournament on May 17.The Standard Chartered management team led by CEO Lamin Manjang (second left), during the launch of the 2018 edition at the bank’s headquarters in Nairobi on February 13, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“This has been one of the most successive tournaments we have held and it’s an opportunity to interact with our clients and media partners. Over the last five years we have had the fortune of a Kenyan team (Capital FM) win the global title and we look forward that in 2018 a Kenyan team will lift the trophy again,” Standard Chartered Chief Executive Officer Lamin Manjang said.The Capital FM team, 100 percent unchanged from the last two tournaments, has already engaged in a pre-season tournament, the Obama Cup and captain Atrash said it was a good starting point ahead of the tough Road to Anfield Test.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Glenswilly’s underage stars were honoured in their clubhouse last weekend after another brilliant year.Incoming Glenswilly chairman Eddie Crawford thanked all those who turned up for the presentations and looked forward to another great year at the club stressing it was no longer “a wee club.”ON hand to repent the awards were senior stars Michael Murphy, Neil Gallagher and Ciaran Gibbons who encouraged all the youngsters to keep turning up for training. Glenswilly U6 teamGlenswilly U8 teamUp the Glen boys at the underage presentation.Glenswilly U9 teamGlenswilly U10 teamGlenswilly U11 teamGlenswilly U12 teamGlenswilly U12 girls teamGlenswilly U13 Boys teamGlenswilly u13 teamGlenswilly U14 teamGlenswilly boys at the underage presentation on Sunday evening.Glenswilly U14 girs team.Glenswilly U16 girls team.Glenswilly U16 TeamGlenswilly girls that were part of the Donegal Development Squads at the underage presentation on Sunday evening.Glenswilly boys that were part of the Donegal Development Squads of 2016Glenswilly’s Maeve Murray, Aoife Cambell, and Rachael Brown who were presented with the Certificates of Achievement at the Underage Presentation.Another brilliant year for Glenswilly’s underage stars – Pic special was last modified: December 7th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glenswilly GAA
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Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also wrote Insulation: The BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation Products and Practices, which provides in-depth guidance on the selection of insulation materials. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. I’m often asked the question, “How much insulation should I install in my house”? It’s a great question. Let me offer some recommendations:First of all… it depends. It depends to a significant extent on where you live. And it depends on whether we’re talking about a new house or trying to squeeze insulation into an existing house.To simplify the discussion, let’s assume, for the time being, that we’re talking about new constructionAs for location, I’ll provide recommendations for three different climates, based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) climate zones. These DOE climate zones range from Zone 1 at the extreme southern tip of Florida, to Zone 7, which covers the tip of Maine, stretches across the northern reaches of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota, and includes a few high-elevation places in the Rockies (see map). In my recommendations, I group these into three larger zones for simplicity.Cold climates: Zones 5-7Zones 5-7 cover much of the northern half of the U.S., from roughly the Mason-Dixon Line at the East Coast across the northern third of Missouri and the northern edge of eastern Kansas, then dipping south in the higher-elevation Plains States through northern New Mexico, northern Arizona, nearly all of Nevada (except the Las Vegas area), and the northeastern corner of California and the eastern three-quarters of Oregon and Washington.For these locations, I follow the widely quoted recommendations from Building Science Corporation and aim for the 5-10-20-40-60 rule. These numbers refer to the R-value recommendations for windows, foundation slabs, foundation walls, above-ground walls, and attics (or roofs), respectively.These recommendations are for “true” R-values, not the nominal values listed on insulation packaging. For example, if you install R-19 fiberglass batts in 2×6 frame walls, with the studs 16 inches on-center, double top-plates, and other elements of “standard” framing, the actual R-value of the whole wall with the R-19 insulation will be about R-15. The whole-wall R-value is lower because of thermal bridging through the wood framing.To achieve R-40 in the walls requires a lot of insulation — far more than is found in standard construction. This level of insulation, if combined with strategies for minimizing air leakage, will result in a house that will be affordable to heat even if energy prices double or triple. And if combined with some passive solar heating will result in a house that should never come close to freezing in winter, even if the heat is turned off.With window R-values, the recommendation refers to the “unit R-value,” a measure that averages the center-of-glass R-value and the R-value at the window edges — where the heat loss is greater (at least with high-performance windows). These unit R-values are the inverse of the U-factors listed on NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) labels found on most new windows: R = 1/U.Hot climates: Zones 1-2Zones 1-2 include the hottest areas in the U.S., covering most of Florida and a band west to central Texas, as well as southern Arizona and the Imperial Valley of extreme southeastern California.Here, I recommend a 3-5-10-20-60 rule: R-3 windows, R-5 under slabs and for any below-grade foundation walls, R-10 for above-grade foundation walls and slab perimeter (full foundations are rare in these climates), R-20 for above-ground walls, and R-60 for attics. These recommendations come from an informal conversation with John Straube of Building Science Corporation. Again, these are true R-values (unit values for windows).It will surprise some to see the recommendation for attics to be the same as in cold climates. This is because of the difference in temperature (delta-T) between the living space and the attic on a hot summer day can be as high as wintertime delta-T in a cold-climate between indoors and outdoors. With windows, I further recommend a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.3 or lower to minimize unwanted solar gain.Moderate climates: Zones 3-4Zones 3-4 include much of the southern half of the country, with the boundary between Zones 4 and 5 dipping south across the center of New Mexico and Arizona. This moderate region excludes Florida and the Gulf Coast, but includes most of California and the western edge of Oregon and Washington.For these locations, I recommend intermediate insulation values between those for cold climates and hot climates. I suggest a 4-5-10-30-60 rule: R-4 windows, R-5 under slabs, R-10 foundation walls or slab perimeter, R-30 above-grade walls, and R-60 in the attic or roof.What about existing houses?In new construction, the incremental cost of increasing insulation levels are relatively modest. With existing houses, retrofit insulation costs are usually much higher, so it is usually difficult to justify such high insulation levels. The exception is attics, where adding lots of additional insulation is usually quite affordable.So, in existing homes, determining reasonable insulation levels is project-specific. In a full gut-rehab (where the house is taken down to the structure, or the frame is opened up on either the interior or exterior), achieving close to the recommended insulation levels for new construction may be possible (though higher costs for extending window and door jambs and, sometimes, roof overhangs also need to be considered).And with windows, whether to replace or improve existing windows is a key question. Look for recommendations in future blogs.
An owner-builder planning a new home in southern Ontario isn’t looking for a net-zero house, just one that’s well insulated and protected from moisture problems. The question is whether his proposed wall system is his best option.“I’m unwilling to put foam board on the outside and vapor barrier on the inside,” writes User 6782048, whom we’ll just call Ontario, in a question posted on our Q&A page. “Just seems wrong.”He does plan on some exterior foam — a 1-inch-thick layer over the studs, followed by plywood and then Tyvek housewrap. After rough wiring, the 2×6 wall cavities would get a 2-inch layer of closed-cell foam and then batt insulation.The technique of combining spray foam with batt insulation is called “flash and batt”, and Ontario believes the total of 3 inches of foam would keep the exterior sheathing above the dew point in winter, thus reducing the chance of moisture condensation inside the walls.“Thoughts, please!” Ontario writes. That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. The downside of flash-and-battFilling a stud cavity with closed-cell foam provides an excellent air seal, but it’s expensive — and that’s why some builders advocate the flash-and-batt approach. But, writes Andy Chappell-Dick, it’s still costly, “it relies on the least ‘green’ insulation, and it’s interrupted (and thus substantially degraded) every 16 inches by a stud.”The technique may be useful in tightening up an old house in an efficiency-inspired renovation, but for new construction it would be better to put all of the foam on the exterior of the house. Further, Chappell-Dick adds, it would be wise to substitute a smart permeable vapor retarder for a polyethylene vapor barrier on the warm side of the wall.Another problem with Ontario’s proposed wall is that 1 inch of exterior foam doesn’t offer much protection against thermal bridging, while the assembly would require unnecessary time and money.“Seems like a lot of work (wind bracing) and money (spray foam) for a slightly above average wall,” writes Rick Evans, suggesting the proposed wall would have an R-value of just over 28. “Using spray foam to gain an extra R-3.5 or so probably has a long payback period from an environmental standpoint as well. (How many BTUs are you really saving with that?)“I suspect you could add 3 inches of exterior rigid foam (Type II or higher EPS) over the 2×6 studs and sheathing for the same cost as the enclosure that you described,” Evans continues. “This would give you an R-33 wall with better protection from thermal bridging. From a moisture standpoint, this wall is at least as safe as the one you are considering, so long as you lose the interior vapor barrier. (Obviously, be sure to add an air gap under the siding in both enclosures.) If code requires a vapor barrier, then slice open the poly once the inspector leaves or opt for a smart vapor barrier like MemBrain or Intello Plus.” Resistance on exterior foamThree inches of foam on the exterior of the building no doubt would be better from a thermal point of view, replies Ontario, but that’s not going to happen.“I agree totally that the 3 inches of foam on the outside would give better insulation results,” Ontario writes. “It’s the added time and costs that I’m trying to avoid, such as 6-inch screws to attach strapping, boxes to house windows, installation of the foam itself, self-supporting decks. By no means am I trying to go net-zero or near. Just a well insulated house without moisture problems.”The thickest layer of foam Ontario would consider is 1 1/2 inches, although the 1-inch layer he has proposed is more attractive.And as to the cost of the spray foam, Ontario will be getting that at cost, courtesy of a friend for whom he’s done work in the past.An option suggested by Anthony Mach is to use Roxul ComfortBoard insulated sheathing, available in several thicknesses with corresponding R-values up to an R-12 panel 3 inches thick. “It’s permeable, fireproof and soundproof,” he says. “I’m in Ontario and it’s code-compliant.”Or, adds Dana Dorsett, use rigid polyisocyanurate foam instead. “At the same wall thickness you can get higher performance at a lower cost out of 2 inches of exterior polyiso held in place by 1×4 furring through-screwed to 2×4 framing with 5-inch pancake head timber screws 24 inches on-center, R-13 or R-15 batts in the stud bays, with the siding mounted to the furring,” Dorsett writes.“The plywood layer can be between the foam and studs, and fully structural,” he continues. “Your proposed stackup has the plywood out in the cold, where it it is subjected to exterior moisture drives (and would need to be rain-screened, not just housewrapped) to be reasonably well protected. The 2×4/R-13 + 2 inches polyiso solution comes in at slightly higher thermal performance, and in a southern Ontario climate it would not accumulate moisture over the winter, even using just standard latex paint on gyprock as the vapor retarder (though you may need to install a 2-mil nylon ‘smart’ vapor retarder such as MemBrain to convince the inspectors.)” RELATED ARTICLES Too much of a hassleBuilding exterior walls with 2x4s, one option suggested by Dorsett, would make it harder to place roof trusses, Ontario says, because the top plate is that much narrower. And as for a rainscreen, well, that’s probably not going to happen.“I have resided houses 30+ years old with no housewrap and the plywood has shown no sign of moisture damage,” Ontario writes. “If you side correctly, no rainscreen is required. As for the environmental issue [of using spray foam insulation], I’ll not comment unless you live in a straw bale home. We are all just as guilty. It’s ridiculous [that] people bring it up, like rigid foam is a natural resource and not produced in a factory. LOL.”The exchange prompts this reply from Andrew C: “If you come to a website with the name Green Building Advisor and ask for input, you shouldn’t be surprised if some of the advice is about how to make a house ‘greener,’ in addition to more comfortable, efficient, durable, etc. If you have different views, you’re free to ignore comments, but you’re not likely to encourage people to share their valuable experience and knowledge if you slam the door in their faces.“Your personal experience in working on old houses may be pertinent to a new build with different materials and different levels of air-sealing and insulation than were common in the past,” Andrew C continues. “Maybe not. If the majority of experts now recommend rainscreens for most siding applications, perhaps you should consider it.”Not at all, says Ontario.“I came to a website and got some good information, but never really got my question about moisture answered!” Ontario says. “I don’t feel I slammed the door, but got the door slammed on me. It seems most people want to plug their own ideas without any regard for other ideas. The exterior Roxul batts was the only idea that even remotely took my thoughts into context. Sorry not everyone agrees with yours or others thoughts, but some of us look at it from a building standpoint. Time and pressure. Maybe something you fail to comprehend. Lucky you!”In response, GBA senior editor Martin Holladay writes, “Here is the answer: Your house is located in Climate Zone 6. If you intend to install rigid foam on the exterior side of your wall sheathing, and if you want to avoid moisture problems in your 2×6 walls, then the minimum R-value of the rigid foam is R-11.25 (assuming, that is, that the stud bays are filled with a fluffy insulation product like fiberglass).If you install only 1 inch of rigid foam (about R-4 to R-6, depending on the foam type selected), you risk moisture accumulation in your stud bays. To learn more, read this article: Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam Sheathing.” Flash-and-Batt InsulationThe Flash-and-Batt Method Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam Insulation Can Exterior Foam Insulation Cause Mold and Moisture Problems?Combining Exterior Rigid Foam With Fluffy InsulationThe Exterior Rigid Foam is Too Thin! Installing Mineral Wool Insulation Over Exterior Wall Sheathing Installing Closed-Cell Foam Between Studs is a WasteHow to Design a Wall (For more on how to change a user name from a number to a real name, a quirk in GBA’s registration process, follow this link.) Our expert’s opinionPeter Yost, GBA’s technical director, adds these thoughts:If you specify a vapor-permeable water-resistive barrier (WRB), putting your structural sheathing to the exterior of your rigid insulation does give the sheathing good drying potential. While you are using plywood, the assembly you describe is a lot like Zip System R sheathing. Of course, the type of sheathing fasteners and fastening schedule are important when you place rigid insulation between the sheathing and your framing. With one inch of rigid insulation, that’s pretty straightforward; it gets increasingly difficult as you move to greater thicknesses of rigid foam.The moisture performance of your proposed flash-and-batt system depends on the R-value of the components, the indoor relative humidity, and your climate. Here are the assumptions I am making about your wall assembly and environment:1 inch of rigid insulation: R-5.2 inches of closed-cell spray foam: R-12.3 1/2 inches of fiberglass batt insulation: R-13.Outdoor average wintertime temperature for the three coldest months in Ontario: 23°F.Indoor temperature average in your home for winter: 68°F.Indoor relative humidity for the same period: 40%.A quick dew point calculation indicates that your first condensing surface temperature (the inside face of your spray foam) would average 49°F, well above the dew point for your interior air of 43°F.This suggests that only a Class III vapor retarder (1 to 10 perms) would be needed for your assembly to maintain good moisture performance of your wall assembly. Would a smart vapor retarder be a good idea? Yes. It would further improve the moisture performance of your wall assembly. Would polyethylene sheeting (a Class I vapor retarder) be a good idea? No, it would reduce the drying potential to the interior unnecessarily.Finally, the most important moisture performance of your assembly — given that you are already aware of and committed to a good WRB and a good flashing system to manage bulk water — is your continuous air barrier. Despite the great air seal of your cavity spray foam, I would be detailing the housewrap, the plywood sheathing, or the rigid insulation to act as a continuous exterior air barrier.